Also, the cards are pretty much equal in performance. The only thing the 6990 has going against it when compared to the GTX 590 is that it's a jet engine, whereas the GTX 590 is significantly quieter.
However, you just can't beat four mini-display ports :P
Hmmm, you can't compare prices on the day of the launch and of the card that is already some time on the market. Almost all of them drop in price after only a couple of weeks.
both are really nice cards. and way overpriced. And i am not a amd or nvidia guy i have owned them both i just think its so funny after all the driver bashing that goes on against ati/amd " i have never had a problem" that the 590 drivers that come on the cd let the card fry itself.
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[23:43:22] [P] [85:Bowsjob]: If its between 2 holy pallys its gonna be a gear fight most likely
I would not buy one of these. We know of at least 7 card failures in the last couple of days. I don't know what the total sample of cards that have been tested yet is like but I would assume that there were no more than about 100 cards in the wild as of this morning.
seems the romanians have a failed card too
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I cant remember any reviewers complaining about any overclock testing killing their cards in the last 5+ years at least. But those romanians did not kill their card overclocked and sweclockers 2nd card did not die overclocked. The rest I don't know for sure.
It boils down to this. The GTX 580 soundly defeats the HD 6970 in just about every benchmark. Because the GTX 580 isn't as efficient, Nvidia had to dial back everything to stay within a reasonable power/heat envelope. This negates every last advantage the Fermi architecture had over AMD's 6000 series GPUs.
To compound things, GF110/Fermi's transistor count makes it a much more expensive product. Nvidia's margins on the 590 must be much lower than AMD's with the 6990. Even more questionable is the rest of the GTX 590's parts list. The SWEClocker's video shows us that NVidia's VRMs and power phases cannot handle much voltage tweaking (even if a driver problem compounds the issue). AMD uses some of the most advanced VRM/phase control hardware we've seen on PCBs to date.
And then there's the issue of 2x1.5 GB memory vs 2x2 GB. That will effect FPS at extreme resolutions, such as 5 monitor Eyefinity or 3 monitor 3D Vision.
I'm a fan of Hardocp's reviewing methodology because they use the highest settings at the desired resolution that they want to run. The 6990 allowed for better graphics settings and better frame rates in most the games.